We believe that the Bible is the inerrant, inspired Word of God and that it is our final authority in all matters of faith and practice. The Scriptures reveal God, the fall of man, the way of salvation, and God’s plan and purpose in all ages.
There is only one living and true God; in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are one God, equal in divine perfection and executing distinct but harmonious offices. God is sovereign over all things and continues to be involved with the affairs of his creation.
Jesus Christ, eternally existing, is the only begotten Son of God. He was manifested in the flesh being born of a virgin, making it possible for him to unite his divine nature with the human nature. He lived a life of perfection without sin, and laid his life down for us that we may have eternal life through him.
From the very beginning of creation we have an indication that the Holy Spirit’s work is to complete and sustain what God the Father has planned and what God the Son has begun. After Jesus ascended into heaven, the Holy Spirit is now the primary manifestation of God among us. He convicts the world of sin, of judgment and of righteousness, and he bears witness to the truth of the Gospel through the preaching of God’s word. He gives gifts to believers as he wills for the edification of the church body.
We believe that man was created in the image of God but fell through sin, bringing not only physical death, but also spiritual death, which is separation from God. Now all mankind is totally depraved, having inherited a sinful nature, is bent toward sinning, and has become sinful in thought, word, and deed.
Jesus Christ suffered and died as a substitutionary payment for the sins of the whole world. He physically arose from the dead and then ascended into Heaven. We must repent and believe in the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ; his death, burial, and resurrection to receive of his grace and mercy of salvation, hereby is the means of forgiveness of our sin. The Holy Spirit then keeps the believer eternally secure in the salvation of God.
The local church is a called out assembly of baptized believers, banded together for edification, exhortation, and evangelism as commanded by Christ in the Great Commission; preaching the Gospel to every creature.
We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgement, the everlasting joy of the righteous and the endless suffering of the wicked.
Articles of Faith
While no doctrinal summary can take the place of Scripture—our sole authority for belief and practice—you can find out more by reading our full Statement of Faith, Article Seven of our Bylaws.